Student Awards

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Recognizing Student Excellence

Each year, students from the College of Biological Sciences are honored for their outstanding scholarship, research activities, community service and mentorship. Students receive recognition and awards from both the College of Biological Sciences and the University of California, Davis.

2017 College of Biological Sciences Awards 

College of Biological Sciences Medal

Since 2008, the College of Biological Sciences has awarded a College Medal each year to an outstanding undergraduate student. In addition to a cash prize, the selected student receives a beautiful piece of original art that represents the broad range of academic disciplines studied at the college.

  • Felicia Peng, Genetics and Genomics

Undergraduate of the Year

Awarded to an outstanding graduating senior from the College of Biological Sciences.

  • Niloufar Mohajerani

Ronald and Lydia Baskin Award

The Ronald and Lydia Baskin Research award recognizes one graduating senior each year for excellence in research in the biological sciences. Students from all UC Davis undergraduate colleges are eligible for the Baskin Research Award.

Dr. Ronald J. Baskin, professor emeritus of molecular and cellular biology, and his wife Lydia, created an endowment in 2006 to establish this annual award. Recipients receive a beautiful unique glass laser-etched medallion and a cash award.

  • Iris Mollhoff, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Davis College of Biological Sciences

Departmental Citation Awards

Graduating seniors from the college with an upper division UCD GPA of 3.7 or above are awarded a departmental citation. No application is necessary—the college runs a database search to find awardees. 

Biological Sciences

  • Rebecca Lee Bernard
  • Jennifer Bloomquist
  • Elizabeth Chan
  • Allison Chang
  • Macalistair Colquhoun
  • Erika Estrada
  • Sabrina Elisabeth Eugster
  • Johnray Fernandez
  • Hannah Freije
  • Hannah Gawel
  • Katharine Gelinas
  • Sasha Haddad
  • Marisa Michelle Heflin
  • Justin Arthur Hildebrand
  • Bonnie Evelyn Huff
  • Soumya Hunagund
  • Romey Kang
  • Manvir Kaur
  • Christopher Louie
  • Alexandre Ly
  • Gayane Malayan
  • Kezia Maximillian
  • Gaia Mohr-Tonachini
  • Raumin Neuville
  • Shelby Brianne Peters
  • Nadim Rodriguez
  • Yusuf Ahmad Sherzad
  • Ashley Tay
  • Savannah Tobin
  • San Tran
  • Alyssa Trumble
  • Marisa Katherine Victor
  • Dean Watson
  • Bradley David Whelchel
  • Yuhuang Xia
  • Brandon Dean Young
  • Bo Yuan

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Sama Al Azawi
  • Camille Andre
  • Laura Baldwin
  • Reina Angelica Bassil
  • Jasmine Lily Chang
  • Albert Chang
  • Yu An Cho
  • Wahib Ead
  • Ashley Feldkamp
  • Gregory Fong
  • Jose Galvez Hernandez
  • Spencer Young Kennedy
  • Dong Kim
  • Nathan Kwan
  • Nelvish Lal
  • Alexander Lieu
  • Claire Isabel Lorenzo
  • Jiahui Lu
  • Matthew Edward Michel
  • Iris Mollhoff
  • Thanh Nguyen
  • Lan Nguyen
  • James Park
  • Mohammad Pourhosseinzadeh
  • Daniel Quinnell
  • Jeremiah Roberts
  • Patricia Rusli
  • Jonathan Santos
  • Jessica Marie Stinson
  • Grant Tatro
  • Binh Tran
  • Marylynn Trinh
  • Josephine Tsang
  • Lauren Uchiyama
  • Kevin Valentine
  • Candice Vieira
  • Quynh Vo
  • Qiming Yang

Cell Biology

  • Ramon Bustos
  • Mithya Jayakumar
  • Jason Anthony Pallas
  • Madeleine Silverstein

Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity

  • Quynh Nguyen Dong Tran
  • Miles Zachary Claret 
  • Jennifer Jean Diamond
  • Gregory Paul Forrest
  • Masato Hayashi
     
  • Evan N Hoeft
  • Kira Lee Pearson
     
  • Zoe Tierra Rossman
  • Vy Tsui

Exercise Biology

  • Kimya Bardaran
  • Lisa Bell
  • Rachel Briscoe

Genetics and Genomics

  • Yashodara Abeykoon
  • Jaclyn Adaskaveg
  • Renee Bardini
  • Michael Bask
  • Kimberley Berg
  • Reeve K. Ghiass
  • Jenna Giafaglione
  • Amit Satya Kumar
  • Natalie Sunshine Liu
  • Nadege Lum
  • Sarraa Mohamed Ali
  • Aasim Naqvi
  • Felicia Peng
  • Brandan Schultz
  • Samantha Lee Schuster

Microbiology

  • Noelle Bernardo Cabral
  • Dana Rochelle De Vries
  • Katherine Michelle Domenici
  • Anna Morishita Furuta
  • Katherine Hartman Griffin
  • Xueer Jiang
  • John Morgan Klyver
  • Nicole Gene Neeley
  • Sanjam Singh Sawhney
  • Jia Sawhney

Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

  • Alana Mcsween
  • Amanda Crofton
  • Amanda Dimech
  • Andrea Kulinich
  • Anthony Yeh
  • Arushi Saluja
  • Benjamin Bigelow
  • Beryl Slezak
  • Blake Zufall
  • Catherine Taylor
  • Chandler Johnson
  • Christian Wirawan
  • David Melnik
  • Drew Daniel
  • Emily Erlenbach
  • Ethan Fox
  • Fatemeh Mahboub
  • Garrett Chan
  • Gregory Kincheloe
  • Hailee Tougas
  • Hannah Harvey
  • Indica Sur
  • Jason Blake
  • John Mark
  • Jonathan Horvath
  • Jothika Tamizharasu
  • Kasra Afzali
  • Kellie McDonald
  • Kelsey Hults
  • Kendall Frisoli
  • Linda Tran
  • Lo Tuan
  • Malaak Hamzeh
  • Manmeet Singh
  • Mark Patrick Cubillan
  • Mercedes Posadas
  • My-Le Nguyen
  • Myly Le
  • Niloufar Mohajerani
  • Raphael Geddert
  • Sassan Suarez
  • Shan Zhang
  • Shelby Warren
  • Simranjeet Cheema
  • Sneha Vaddadi
  • Tara Grimes
  • Victoria Nugent
  • Vida Sandoval
  • Yvonne Trinh
  • Zuleica Rodriguez Hernandez
  • Sindhu Addepalli
  • Ruthe Gashachew Ali
  • Aman Arora
  • Vikrant Aulakh
  • Baarkullah Awan
  • Laura Jean Bell
  • Nikhil Bellamkonda
  • Brandyn Bobb
  • Jenice Cheah
  • James Dang
  • Brian DeLue
  • Jacob Dinis
  • Kaitlyn Foreman
  • Marissa Fox
  • Anisha Gaitonde
  • Soroush Ghaffarpour
  • Navjot Grewal
  • Jordan Hernandez
  • Wassim Hmeidan
  • Joseph Hoffman
  • Yoichiro Ideguchi
  • Tuleagh Innes-Gawn
  • Brandon Kay
  • William Kiesow
  • Cara Lammers
  • Samantha Lee
  • Elle Lee
  • Tyler Longenbaugh
  • Nelya Lugovskaya
  • Jing Mai
  • Diana Mei
  • David Miller
  • Jyodi Mohole
  • Carolyn Murray
  • Marissa Nguyen
  • Kelly O'Callaghan
  • Edgar Ochoa
  • Josten Overall
  • Kimberly Parry
  • Melissa Perez
  • Vimala Meghana Ponna
  • Philip Poa
  • Maya Rhine
  • Manali Sapre
  • Kamron Sarhadi
  • Adam Sauer
  • Ana Marija Sola
  • Anna Spivey
  • Kelli Stager
  • Timothy Sugimoto
  • Phoebe Tai
  • Audrey Torrest
  • Atrin Toussi
  • Anas Tresh
  • Vivan Trinh
  • Ashley Winters
  • Jessica Wong
  • Kevin Yee
  • Kevin Yu
  • Amy Zhen

Plant Biology

  • Alexander Barrett Cain
  • Amber Marie Flores

Outstanding Performance Citation Awards 

Each year, this recognition is presented to graduating seniors who have achieved academic excellence within their majors and participated substantial research projects.  Eligible students receive notification that their excellent records nominate them for this award. Faculty and staff are also notified by email that they may nominate students for this award.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Reina Angelica Bassil    
  • Ryan Ko
  • Srujan Kopparapu
  • Claireisabel Lorenzo
  • Iris Mollhoff
  • Kazune Shidara
  • Kevin Valentine
  • Lauren Uchiyama

Biological Sciences

  • Serena Houghton
  • Savannah Tobin
  • Dean Watson

Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity

  • Kira Pearson

Exercise Biology

  • Kimya Baradaran
  • Lisa Bell

Genetics and Genomics

  • Yashodara Abeykoon
  • Jaclyn Adaskaveg
  • Kimberley Berg
  • Jenna Giafaglione
  • Rupleen Kaur
  • Emerald Nguyen
  • Felicia Peng
  • Samantha Schuster

Microbiology

  • Noelle Cabral
  • Xueer Jiang
  • John Klyver
     
  • Nicole Neeley
     
  • Amanda Robinson

Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

  • Jacqueline Booker
  • Ethan Fox
  • Andrea Kulinich
     
  • Niloufar Mohajerani
  • Lo Tuan
     

Plant Biology

  • Jill Marzolino

Dean's Mentorship Awards

Made possible through donations to the Dean's Circle Annual Fund and awarded to graduate students who demonstrate excellence in the mentorship of undergraduate students.

  • Trevor Croft
  • Steven Gore
  • Prema Karunanithi
     
  • Neeraj Lal
     
  • Arpana Vaniya

Barbara A. Horwitz and John M. Horowitz Undergraduate Scholarship in Physiology

Awarded to students in the College of Biological Sciences who are studying physiology and exemplify academic excellence.

  • Benjamin Bigelow
  • Sina Soltanzadeh Zarandi

Eric and Louise Conn Award in Plant Biochemistry

This award supports one outstanding graduate student and one outstanding undergraduate student each year whose research is in the field of biochemistry.

  • Graduate: Kyle Pelot
  • Undergraduate: TBA

Kathleen C. Green Scholarship

Established by Melvin M. Green, Professor Emeritus of Genetics, this award honors his wife's career as a biologist and is awarded to a biology student to provide support and recognize outstanding scholastic achievement.

  • Elizabeth Chan
  • Lana Christensen
  • Clairesabel Lorenzo
  • Erika Ramirez Salazar

University Awards by Year

University Medal

Each year, the university awards the top graduating senior with the University Medal for excellence in undergraduate studies, outstanding community service and the promise of future scholarship and contributions to society

Today, the award includes a plaque with an inlaid medal and a $2,000 honorarium. A subcommittee of the Academic Senate considers nominations from the undergraduate colleges, and then interviews finalists and recommends a candidate for the chancellor’s approval. Below are the recipients from the College of Biological Sciences. View more information at the University Medalist website.

  • Srujan Kopparapu, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Psychology, 2017
  • Nicole Sitkin, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, 2013
  • Larissa Miyachi, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2012
  • Kristen Kelley, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, 2011
  • Ashley Heers, Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity, Geology, 2007
  • Yoel Eli Stuart, Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity, 2006
  • Christopher Jones, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2005

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Awarded to up to two graduating seniors who have completed outstanding research, scholarship or creative activity tied to any academic subject while at UC Davis

  • Jessica Darlene West, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2016
  • Brenda Marin-Rodriguez, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, 2013
  • Becky Xu Hua Fu, Genetics, 2012
  • Elaine Garcia, Neurology, Physiology and Behavior, 2011
  • Ernest Maningding, Microbiology, 2010
  • Marisa S. Goo, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, 2008
  • Gregory A. Ho, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 2007
  • Andreas Ehrensberger, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 2004
  • Nicole A. Tetreault, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, 2002
  • Patricia L. Duong, Genetics, 2002

Mary Jeanne Gilhooly Award

Established in 1942 to memorialize the achievements of Mary Jeanne Gilhooly, this award honors the graduating woman believed to be the most outstanding in the areas of leadership, scholarship, integrity, and service in the campus community.

  • Habiba Hashimi, 2012

Veloyce Glenn Winslow, Jr. Award

Established in 1966 to memorialize the achievements of Veloyce Glenn Winslow, Jr., this award honors the graduating man believed to be the most outstanding in the areas of leadership, scholarship, integrity and service in the campus community.

  • Raumin Neuville, 2017
  • Asadullah Awan, 2013
  • Devvrat Malhotra, 2012